17 April 2024

Tropical Storm

Saturday, September 16th, 2023
Deadfall at the trailhead, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 16 September 2023.
Deadfall at the trailhead.

Welp, Tropical Storm Lee showed up right on time, and after a bit of a wishy-washy delay, I headed to the main trail with Jack-my-dog, where we met up with our dog friend Oscar, and the three of us ascended in a howling wind and a pretty good rain.

Didn’t expect to have a bird on my list this morning, but as we were descending toward Beech Hill Road, I heard the distinct alert call of a Red-eyed Vireo. Then I saw the bird flit away into the trees, where I heard what sounded like the faint cries of a youngster. No strikeout, after all.

Tomorrow’s forecast: sunny and breezy. What a difference a day makes.

Beech Hill List
Starting at 8:06 a.m. EST (9:06 DST), I hiked the main trail.

1. Red-eyed Vireo

Elsewhere

2. Northern Cardinal (v)
3. American Crow

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

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